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1 The University of Adelaide, School of Computer Science
15 April 2017 Security in Computing, 4th Ed, Pfleeger Chapter 1 Is There a Security Problem in Computing? Chapter 2 — Instructions: Language of the Computer

2 Risk is a fact of life Crossing the street is risky
But, you still cross the street! Using computers is risky (from the security and privacy perspectives) But, you still use computers!

3 Is There a Security Problem in Computing?
In this chapter The goals of secure computing: confidentiality, integrity, availability (CIA) The threats to security in computing: interception, interruption, modification, fabrication Controls available to address these threats: encryption, programming controls, operating systems, network controls, administrative controls, law, and ethics

4 What Does "Secure" Mean? How do we protect our most valuable assets?
bank robbery: bank robbery was, for a time, considered to be a profitable business. Protecting assets was difficult and not always effective. Today: asset protection is easier; Very sophisticated alarm and camera systems silently protect secure places, genetic material (DNA), fingerprints, retinal patterns, voice, etc.

5 What Does "Secure" Mean?

6 This chapter Examines what kinds of vulnerabilities computing systems are prone to. Why these vulnerabilities are exploited different kinds of attacks that are possible. This chapter's third focus is on who is involved the kinds of people who contribute to the security problem. Finally, we introduce how to prevent possible attacks on systems.

7 Computing System Security
The computing system is a collection of hardware, software, storage media, data, and people that an organization uses to perform computing tasks. Sometimes, we assume that parts of a computing system are not valuable to an outsider, but often we are mistaken. Any system is most vulnerable at its weakest point. Any part of a computing system can be the target of a crime.

8 Principle of Easiest Penetration
“An intruder must be expected to use any available means of penetration.” The penetration may not necessarily be by the most obvious means, nor is it necessarily the one against which the most solid defense has been installed and it certainly does not have to be the way we want the attacker to behave. This principle implies that computer security specialists must consider all possible means of penetration.

9 Principle of Easiest Penetration
Furthermore, the penetration analysis must be done repeatedly, and especially whenever the system and its security change. Remember that computer security is a game with rules only for the defending team the attackers can (and will) use any means they can.

10 Attacks When you test any computer system
One of your jobs is to imagine how the system could malfunction. Then, you improve the system's design so that the system can withstand any of the problems you have identified. In the same way, we analyze a system from a security perspective thinking about ways in which the system's security can malfunction and diminish the value of its assets.

11 Vulnerabilities, Threats, Attacks, and Controls
A vulnerability is a weakness in the security system (for example, in procedures, design, or implementation), that might be exploited to cause loss or harm. A threat to a computing system is a set of circumstances that has the potential to cause loss or harm. A human who exploits a vulnerability perpetrates an attack on the system. How do we address these problems? We use a control as a protective measure. That is, a control is an action, device, procedure, or technique that removes or reduces a vulnerability.

12 Vulnerabilities, Threats, Attacks, and Controls
the relationship among threats, controls, and vulnerabilities in this way: A threat is blocked by control of a vulnerability. To devise controls, we must know as much about threats as possible.

13 Threats We can view any threat as being one of four kinds: interception, interruption, modification, and fabrication.

14 Threats An interception means that some unauthorized party has gained access to an asset. In an interruption, an asset of the system becomes lost, unavailable, or unusable. If an unauthorized party not only accesses but tampers with an asset, the threat is a modification. Finally, an unauthorized party might create a fabrication of counterfeit objects on a computing system.

15 Method, Opportunity, and Motive
A malicious attacker must have three things (MOM): method: the skills, knowledge, tools, and other things with which to be able to pull off the attack Knowledge of systems are widely available opportunity: the time and access to accomplish the attack Systems available to the public are accessible to them motive: a reason to want to perform this attack against this system

16 The Meaning of Computer Security
Security Goals When we talk about computer security, we mean that we are addressing three important aspects of any computer-related system: confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) Confidentiality ensures that computer-related assets are accessed only by authorized parties. Reading, viewing, printing, or even knowing their existence Secrecy or privacy Integrity means that assets can be modified only by authorized parties or only in authorized ways. Writing, changing, deleting, creating Availability means that assets are accessible to authorized parties at appropriate times. For this reason, availability is sometimes known by its opposite, denial of service.

17 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
One of the challenges in building a secure system is finding the right balance among the goals, which often conflict. For example, it is easy to preserve a particular object's confidentiality in a secure system simply by preventing everyone from reading that object. However, this system is not secure, because it does not meet the requirement of availability for proper access.

18 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
In fact, these three characteristics can be independent, can overlap, and can even be mutually exclusive.

19 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
Ensuring confidentiality can be difficult. For example, who determines which people or systems are authorized to access the current system? By "accessing" data, do we mean that an authorized party can access a single bit? the whole collection? pieces of data out of context? Can someone who is authorized disclose those data to other parties? We understand confidentiality well because we can relate computing examples to those of preserving confidentiality in the real world.

20 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
Integrity is much harder to pin down. Integrity means different things in different contexts. Precise, unmodified, modified only in acceptable ways, modified only by authorized people, modified only by authorized processes, consistent, meaningful and usable Integrity can be enforced in much the same way as can confidentiality: by rigorous control of who or what can access which resources in what ways.

21 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
Availability applies both to data and to services (that is, to information and to information processing). We say a data item, service, or system is available if there is a timely response to our request. Resources are allocated fairly so that some requesters are not favored over others. The service or system can be used easily and in the way it was intended to be used. Concurrency is controlled; that is, simultaneous access, deadlock management, and exclusive access are supported as required.

22 Vulnerabilities When we prepare to test a system, we usually try to imagine how the system can fail; we then look for ways in which the requirements, design, or code can enable such failures. Imagine the vulnerabilities that would prevent us from reaching one or more of our three security goals.

23 Vulnerabilities of Computing Systems

24 Vulnerabilities of Computing Systems
Hardware Vulnerabilities adding devices, changing them, removing them, intercepting the traffic to them, or flooding them with traffic until they can no longer function. (many other ways to harm the hardware). Software Vulnerabilities Software can be replaced, changed, or destroyed maliciously, or it can be modified, deleted, or misplaced accidentally. Whether intentional or not, these attacks exploit the software's vulnerabilities.

25 Vulnerabilities of Computing Systems
Data Vulnerabilities data have a definite value, even though that value is often difficult to measure. Ex1: confidential data leaked to a competitor may narrow a competitive edge Ex2: flight coordinate data used by an airplane that is guided partly or fully by software Can cost human lives if modified

26 Vulnerabilities of Computing Systems
Principle of Adequate Protection: Computer items must be protected only until they lose their value. They must be protected to a degree consistent with their value. This principle says that things with a short life can be protected by security measures that are effective only for that short time. The notion of a small protection window applies primarily to data, but it can in some cases be relevant for software and hardware, too.

27 Other Exposed Assets Networks Key People
Networks are specialized collections of hardware, software, and data. Can easily multiply the problems of computer security Insecure shared links Inability to identify remote users (anonymity) Key People People can be crucial weak points in security. If only one person knows how to use or maintain a particular program, trouble can arise if that person is ill, suffers an accident, or leaves the organization (taking her knowledge with her).

28 Computer Criminals Computer crime is any crime involving a computer or aided by the use of one. One approach to prevention or moderation is to understand who commits these crimes and why. Many studies have attempted to determine the characteristics of computer criminals. By studying those who have already used computers to commit crimes, we may be able in the future to spot likely criminals and prevent the crimes from occurring.

29 Computer Criminals Amateurs Crackers or Malicious Hackers
Ordinary computer users who while doing their jobs discover their ability to access something valuable Amateurs have committed most of the computer crimes reported to date. Crackers or Malicious Hackers System crackers, often high school or university students, attempt to access computing facilities for which they have not been authorized. Others attack for curiosity, personal gain, or self-satisfaction. And still others enjoy causing chaos, loss, or harm. There is no common profile or motivation for these attackers.

30 Computer Criminals Career Criminals
By contrast, the career computer criminal understands the targets of computer crime. There is some evidence that organized crime and international groups are engaging in computer crime. Recently, electronic spies and information brokers have begun to recognize that trading in companies' or individuals' secrets can be lucrative.

31 Methods of Defense We can deal with harm in several ways. We can seek to prevent it, by blocking the attack or closing the vulnerability deter it, by making the attack harder but not impossible deflect it, by making another target more attractive (or this one less so) detect it, either as it happens or some time after the fact recover from its effects

32 Methods of Defense The figure illustrates how we use a combination of controls to secure our valuable resources. We use one or more controls, according to what we are protecting, how the cost of protection compares with the risk of loss, and how hard we think intruders will work to get what they want.

33 Controls Available Encryption
the formal name for the scrambling process. We take data in their normal, unscrambled state, called cleartext, and transform them so that they are unintelligible to the outside observer; the transformed data are called enciphered text or ciphertext. Encryption clearly addresses the need for confidentiality of data. Additionally, it can be used to ensure integrity; data that cannot be read generally cannot easily be changed in a meaningful manner.

34 Controls Available Encryption does not solve all computer security problems, and other tools must complement its use. Furthermore, if encryption is not used properly, it may have no effect on security or could even degrade the performance of the entire system. Weak encryption can actually be worse than no encryption at all, because it gives users an unwarranted sense of protection. Therefore, we must understand those situations in which encryption is most useful as well as ways to use it effectively.

35 Controls Available Software/Program Controls
Programs must be secure enough to prevent outside attack. They must also be developed and maintained so that we can be confident of the programs' dependability. Program controls include the following: internal program controls: parts of the program that enforce security restrictions, such as access limitations in a database management program operating system and network system controls: limitations enforced by the operating system or network to protect each user from all other users independent control programs: application programs, such as password checkers, intrusion detection utilities, or virus scanners, that protect against certain types of vulnerabilities

36 Controls Available development controls: quality standards under which a program is designed, coded, tested, and maintained to prevent software faults from becoming exploitable vulnerabilities Software controls frequently affect users directly, such as when the user is interrupted and asked for a password before being given access to a program or data. Because they influence the way users interact with a computing system, software controls must be carefully designed. Ease of use and potency are often competing goals in the design of a collection of software controls.

37 Controls Available Hardware Controls
Numerous hardware devices have been created to assist in providing computer security. These devices include a variety of means, such as hardware or smart card implementations of encryption locks or cables limiting access or deterring theft devices to verify users' identities firewalls intrusion detection systems circuit boards that control access to storage media

38 Controls Available Policies and Procedures Physical Controls
Sometimes, we can rely on agreed-on procedures or policies among users rather than enforcing security through hardware or software means. such as frequent changes of passwords We must not forget the value of community standards and expectations when we consider how to enforce security. Physical Controls locks on doors, guards at entry points, backup copies of important software and data, and physical site planning that reduces the risk of natural disasters.

39 Effectiveness of Controls
Awareness of Problem People using controls must be convinced of the need for security. That is, people will willingly cooperate with security requirements only if they understand why security is appropriate in a given situation.

40 Effectiveness of Controls
Likelihood of Use Of course, no control is effective unless it is used. Principle of Effectiveness: Controls must be used and used properly to be effective. They must be efficient, easy to use, and appropriate. This principle implies that computer security controls must be efficient enough, in terms of time, memory space, human activity, or other resources used, that using the control does not seriously affect the task being protected. Controls should be selective so that they do not exclude legitimate accesses.

41 Effectiveness of Controls
Overlapping Controls Several different controls may apply to address a single vulnerability.  Periodic Review Just when the security specialist finds a way to secure assets against certain kinds of attacks, the opposition doubles its efforts in an attempt to defeat the security mechanisms. Thus, judging the effectiveness of a control is an ongoing task.

42 Principle of Weakest Link
Security can be no stronger than its weakest link. Whether it is the power supply that powers the firewall or the operating system under the security application or the human who plans, implements, and administers controls, a failure of any control can lead to a security failure.

43 Summary Computer security attempts to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computing systems' components(hardware, software, and data) This chapter explored the meanings and the types of threats, vulnerabilities, attacks, and controls Also, four principles affect the direction of work in computer security: the principle of easiest penetration, timeliness, effectiveness, and the weakest link

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